Research Databases

Albany Public Library members have access to several online databases where you can find newspapers and research materials on many different subjects. If you are researching at home or school, enter your library card number to gain access to the database of your choice.

Searching a database is a little different than using an Internet search engine like Google, and specific strategies for combining search terms may be necessary to get the best results. The reliability of the information you can find in a database is well worth the extra effort, so please ask a librarian if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

New for 2017!

Mango Languages – This is a fun and easy to use, self-paced language learning program with courses in more than 70 languages. Available courses include widely spoken languages like Italian and Chinese and less commonly used languages like Scottish Gaelic and Biblical Hebrew. There are specialty courses, like Medical Spanish, and ESOL courses for English learners. You can access your free Mango Languages account from a computer or mobile device. Library Edition – This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  In-library use only.

Multi-Subject Databases

Academic One File Contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources; many are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more.

General One File – Contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books, and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Titles, including test prep books, can be browsed, searched, and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Subjects include business, education, history, medicine, nation/world, religion, social science, technology, and general reference.

Business & Finance 

Business Insights: EssentialsIncludes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers. A great resource for business students.

Health and Medicine

Health Reference Center Academic – Includes over 2,800 health journals and magazines; many are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters, and consumer health magazines.


Gannett Newsstand Complete – Contains over 85 newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).

Infotrac Newsstand – Features citations from several New York Newspapers and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, including:

  • Albany Times Union indexed from 3/1/1985 through 4/29/2010
  • New York Times indexed from 1/1/1985 to the present

New York State Newspapers – Includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.

Resources for Kids & Teens

eLibrary ElementaryContains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary

Grolier Online – Includes access to Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus and American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Kids Infobits – Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts, and graphs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Provides a great resource for current events, critical thinking, and writing students. Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia, and more.